As a songwriter, Rich has co-written songs on an album by The Triplets which was nominated for a Grammy. With Cadillac Moon, he co-wrote most of their two CD's, including the song "Show Me Your Tattoo," played in the film "Devil's Advocate." New Age pianist Christopher Peacock has included Rich's piece "Home Again" on the CD's "Destinations" and "Elements: Earth". Rich is a member of the New Dramatists Composer/Lyricist Studio. He collaborated with performance artist Erin Markey on her solo musical, Puppy Love, a Stripper's Tail. This show has been produced at Manhattan's Dixon Place, Hudson Guild Theatre, The Green Room Theatre, and PS 122 (soloNOVA Arts Festival).
Rich is an alumnus of the Crane School of Music, SUNY @ Potsdam, where he studied composition with Robert Washburn and piano with James Ball. Rich is a past winner of the Abe Ohlman Award from The Songwriter's Hall of Fame for Excellence in Songwriting.
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A Clear Midnight (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Walt Whitman)
A tranquil, calm, introspective and moving setting.
Apple Pie (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by playwright Susan Vitucci)
A fun, upbeat, humorous tale of two friends searching for their favorite dessert.
*Winner of the Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova Composition Competition.
Coney Island (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
Often described as "haunting." A winter setting of searching reflection.
*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Octarium Composition Competitions
Heaven (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Patrick Phillips)
An ethereal contemplation of the eternal, straddling a sacred & secular theme.
*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Georgia College Composition Competitions.
Entrance (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Dana Gioia)
Inspiring, uptempo, jazz-influenced secular.
ideal for accomplished high school choirs as well as university and community ensembles.
If Ever There Is (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Robert Creeley)
A powerful, fervent wish for peace.
*Winner of VocalEssence Essentially Choral Composition Competition.
If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
An upbeat, driving, defiant message of perseverance when facing adversity.
?a propulsive union that carries the listener forward to a rousing climax of human affirmation.?
*Winner of SACRA/PROFANA Choral Composition Competition
In Those Years, No One Slept (SATB a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)
A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.In Those Years, No One Slept (SSAA a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)
A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.
THE SMALLEST SONG (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Martha Collins)
An intimate, personal, almost melancholy piece.
And Still The Stars Shine (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by Rich Campbell)
A mid-tempo, contemporary take on the Christmas Eve story.
TTBB MEN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
All The Whiskey In Heaven (TTBB a cappella) (Text by poet Charles Bernstein))
A love song. Really
Celebrate A New Day (SSA 3-part treble)(text by Rich Campbell)
An uptempo, strong, exciting, joyous celebration. Great program opener or closer.
*Winner of Australian Boys Choir 75th Anniversary Composition Competition
Winter Stars (SSA a cappella)(text by poet Sarah Teasdale)
A solemn, subtle meditation that gives way to optimism in the final stanza
SA, CHILDREN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
The Wind (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Robert Louis Stevenson)
*Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize Commission, Organization of American Kodaly Educators
We Will Shine Like The Sun (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)
Winner of the Hong Kong Children's Chorus Composition Competition.
UNISON CHILDREN'S CHORUS, SECULAR
We Are The Future (Unison Children?s Chorus) (text by poet Bonita Mohney)
A pop-sounding, fun, easy to sing piece with an inspiring text.